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Amended noise ordinance in the works for Berkeley County

September 05, 2008|By TRISH RUDDER

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- An amended noise ordinance was presented Thursday to the Berkeley County Commission.

Norwood Bentley, III, the county's legal counsel, said the draft ordinance contains changes to the noise levels in residential settings.

The noise level cannot exceed 60 decibels, except for short periods of time, between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., Bentley said. The noise level cannot exceed 55 decibels between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., he said.

"It's a good first start, and by the public hearing, it will be a good ordinance," Bentley said.

Commissioner William L. Stubblefield said manufacturing should be included in the ordinance before the public hearing.

Bentley said he wanted to recognize festivals as a group activity, which will be exempt.

The draft ordinance will be on the county's Web site by mid-September, Bentley said.

The decision for the public hearing date will be made next Thursday, Commission President, Steven C. Teufel said.

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